When you are planning for a DIY drywall installation project you have to know in advance what materials and tools you will need. Here is a detailed list of materials and tools used for drywalling projects. Of course you still have to calculate quantities for your actual situation.

Materials needed for drywall installation

  • Drywall panels
  • Obviously you need drywall panels :) There are many kinds of panels designed to satisfy various requirements. Before you start think about what you want to achieve and buy what you need for your goals. Drywall panels are manufactured in various sizes, thicknesses and using different materials for different purposes.

  • Drywall compound
  • Drywall compound is used to fill the gaps between the drywall sheets. You can buy premixed ready to use compound.

  • Paper drywall tape or fiberglass drywall tape
  • Drywall tape is used to reinforce the compound applied on the drywall joints.

  • Drywall shims
  • Shims are needed when the wall frame behind the drywall is less than perfect.

  • Metal or paper-faced corner bead
  • Inner and outer corners need special care and the best way for quality results is to use metal profiles.

  • Drywall nails 1 1/4″ or 1 3/8″
  • Drywall screws 1 1/4″
  • Drywall sanding screen (open grit sandpaper)

Tools needed for drywall installation

  • Utility knife
  • Needed to cut and snap drywall boards.

  • Drywall saw
  • Used to cut holes in drywall sheets.

  • Tin snips
  • Used to cut metal corners.

  • 6″/5″ and 10″ joint finishing knives
  • Used to finish joints.

  • Drywall corner trowel
  • Used to finish corner joints.

  • Bread pan for compound
  • Used to hold a small quantity of compound.

  • Drywall lift or T-jack
  • Used to lift and keep in place drywall sheets for the ceiling.

  • Dtrywall T-square
  • Used to lift and keep in place drywall sheets for the ceiling.

  • Electric screw gun
  • Drill
  • Dimpler attachement
  • Used to avoid overdriving the drywall screws.

  • Measuring tape
  • Sanding block
  • While a regular sanding block does the job well you might want to cinsider a vac attachement to avoid making too much dust.

  • Utility wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • Pole Sander
  • Safety glasses
  • Wallboard hammer
  • Marking pencil

Now that you have the full list of materials and tools needed for your drywall DIY project it is time to start planning and calculating quantities. Good luck!

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